While we're proofing the third installment of the Roo Raka Cycle, I thought I'd put a little teaser for another of my WIPs out there. 'Black Dog' is an extract from a project I've been working on, on-and-off, for some years now. It's a fantasy western, set in a world where men are exploring and settling a new continent, at the expense of the peoples who live there. It's a loosely-connected set of stories, with some reoccurring characters and an underlying narrative drift.

This story is from the early days of settlement, and centres on a young man striking out to document the indigenous peoples, in the hopes of forging a name for himself in academia. But a dark presence comes to haunt him in the forests of this new land...

Take a look for yourself here.